On Sept. 25 at 8 p.m., Ballet Taos presents Project 20/20, a multimedia creation platform and fundraising event that produces and distributes spectacular art for our community, by our community.

Join them for Project 20/20 with a drive-in event projected behind the Taos Center for the Arts or livestreamed directly to you in the comfort of your living room.

All proceeds go toward keeping arts alive in Northern New Mexico and audiences inspired across the world.

This event brings classical and contemporary dance, spoken word poetry, film, originally composed music and insight to the stage of the Taos Community Auditorium. Patrons are invited to drive into the TCA parking lot to watch the performance being projected from inside the theater onto the back wall of the building.

Be sure to secure a parking spot well in advance, as these drive-in events have proved to be extremely popular. Viewers across the globe will be able to stream a live video feed of the performance simultaneously from any location.

"This dramatically saturated experience will be guided by a series of interviews from artistic leaders in our community, including former New York City Ballet principal dancer Jock Soto and myself," says artistic director of Ballet Taos, Megan Yackovich. The show will include an original score composed by DJ Mile5 accompanied by original choreography.

This show treats audiences to something classical with le grand pas classique from Auber's Xeno libretto for "La Bayadère et le Dieu Bleue," reimagined by V. I. Gsovsky as a balletic abstraction, as well as a set of jazz classics by vocalist Serena Jade Smith with original choreography from Ballet Taos. The first act will close with a short set by DJ Miles5 over intermission.

"During intermission, we will announce the winners of the dinner and a show photo contest in collaboration with and support of our local restaurants," Yackovich explained.

The second act opens on a wide surreal space in an interplay of dramatic and dance elements including the debuts of new work by Yackovich as well as Taos' own Zachariah Bigbee. Adam Overly-Black will read excerpts from Pablo Neruda's 1971 Nobel acceptance speech alongside special guest artists.

This project was created in the face of stark realities facing the creative community as members of this world of possibilities drastically changed. In solidarity with our fellow creatives, Ballet Taos launched Project 20/20 as a platform to raise funds for local artists and programs.

"We look at this unprecedented time as a new opportunity to distribute creativity and innovative work," Yackovich continued.

"Broadband availability has almost doubled in Taos County in response to the reality of schooling during a global pandemic. For the first time ever, we are able to reach out to our entire community in their own homes. All proceeds go directly to contributors, the Taos Community Auditorium and Ballet Taos in an effort to keep the arts alive and available through the pandemic. This reciprocal relationship enriches the lives of our viewers who in turn sustain our local arts ecosystem."

Ballet Taos will broadcast a special preview event on Sept. 12 and launch a series of socially distant functions for donors including a Night at the Theater Photo Contest, sponsored by The Love Apple of Taos. This behind-the-scenes preview exclusive will be livestreamed from the TCA during rehearsal on Saturday (Sept. 12) at 5 p.m.

 

Project 20/20 opening night

Friday, Sept. 25

Stream goes live at 7:30 p.m.

Performance begins at 8 p.m.

Intermission and photo contest announcement at 8:40 p.m.

Closing words at 9:15 p.m.

Tickets starting at $20 available as soon as Wednesday (Sept. 3); visit tcataos.org.

For more information, visit ballettaos.com
or call (575) 779-9128.

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